Gringo stars buoyed by Black Panther's success

The proud and resource-rich kingdom seen in Black Panther is a more accurate portrayal of Africa than most of what Hollywood has depicted before, says David Oyelowo, who grew up in England and Nigeria.
The proud and resource-rich kingdom seen in Black Panther is a more accurate portrayal of Africa than most of what Hollywood has depicted before, says David Oyelowo, who grew up in England and Nigeria.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The superhero blockbuster Black Panther is undoubtedly a giant leap forward for African-American representation in Hollywood, where it has become the most successful film ever made by a black director or with a mostly black cast.

But what has the movie - which last weekend shot past the US$1-billion (S$1.31-billion) mark in global box-office takings - meant for audiences in Africa, where it has set new records for ticket sales?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'Gringo stars buoyed by Black Panther's success'. Print Edition | Subscribe